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How to Make Dragon Eggs
“Everybody knows who dragons are. They are enormous, fierce, bloodthirsty creatures appearing in fairytales and legends primarily as accessories, functioning mainly to set of the bravery of the knights challenging them. Dragons are obscure,mysterious characters described only in broad terms, little more than foils to enhance a hero's valor. Dragons though are much more than this. They are intelligent and educated creatures who lead enthralling lives.” ~H.G. Ciruelo Cabral
We love dragons!!
Here in my little space in the ether, dragons are THE rage. My kiddos are currently nurturing a mini fascination for them. A trip to Michaels isn’t complete without checking out the Safari Ltd. dragon figures. My daughter dreams of harnessing magical dragon powers, my son spends hours chasing Toothless around the house, we’ve seen both “How to Train Your Dragon” movies umpteen times, and we all play Dragon City on our tablets. Like I said, dragons are the thing of the moment at our house. And why wouldn’t they be? These mythical creatures are awesome. The serpentine creatures, can fly, have all kinds of magical powers, and can even be representative of of all of the primal forces of nature. AWESOME!!! So, when a friend of mine posted a picture of some dragon eggs on Facebook, I decided then and there we were going to make them.
The supplies needed for dragon eggs are few, and the process is fairly simple so even the smallest dragon lover can help in creating these magical dragon eggs.
Supplies for Dragon Eggs
- Plastic Easter eggs
- Acrylic paint
- Hot glue gun
- Acrylic spray sealant
- sponge brushes
- natural sponges (for painting)
- Empty toilet paper roll (for base)
Instructions for Dragon Eggs
Before you begin, you’re going to need a base to set your eggs on as you create them. You will also use your base to dry your dragon egg between steps. To make a base cut an empty toilet paper roll in half. Done. You can then set your egg on top of the roll to use as a base. If you’re feeling extra creative, you can decorate some of them after the fact to make a decorative base. This can be easily be done by painting them or wrapping them in construction paper. If you plan on making decorative bases, decorate them after your eggs are done. The ones you use while creating the eggs will more than likely get paint on them.
The process for making the eggs is simple. Hot glue accents, paint the egg, seal the egg. That being said, there a some parts that the tiniest tots shouldn’t attempt, so I’ve detailed the instructions below.
First of all comes the hot glue. The hot glue gives a textured look to the finished egg. With the hot glue you are basically designing the look of the egg. This doesn’t need to be perfect, but it does need to be dragon like. Think veins, scales...just imagine how you would envision the egg of this mighty beast, and then apply the pattern in hot glue. This part is not for small children. First of all, they shouldn’t be handling hot glue. Secondly, it takes a lot of hot glue and patience to draw on the pattern. I put the glue on all of the eggs and then let my kids decide which ones they wanted to design.
The fun part comes once the hot glue has cooled off. Painting the egg. We actually decided the colors we would use for each of our dragons before we started painting. 3 - 4 colors per egg should be plenty. For each egg, we also decided one metallic color for accents. You want to select coordinating colors. Take inspiration from real dragons. Just Google dragon art, and look at some images of dragons.
The first step in painting is a base coat. Any color will work. I liked the eggs that had a dark base coat and the kids like the ones with the light base coat. You can get an idea from my images which ones you like. No matter the color you chose, you can apply the base coat by using a cheapie sponge brush. If it’s not covered perfectly, no worries, there are several other coats of paint to cover any missed areas.
After you let the base coat dry, you are ready to apply the layers of dimensional colors. Use a -sea sponge to gently blot on other colors. Mottle the eggs with varying colors on top of your base coat. Don’t worry if you smear the paint to get the bottom of the egg, it just adds to the effect. You can even add dimension by spraying the eggs with a bit of water while the paint is wet. If you don’t like the way your egg looks, choose another color and sponge paint more of a different color.
Honestly, you are just sponging on layers of color until you get the look you desire. The kids had a blast doing this. It didn’t even aggravate them when they didn’t like the way it looked, they just covered it up with new colors. After sponging on the colors, let the eggs dry completely.
Once the eggs are dry, you are ready for your final paint. Taking a small paint brush, accent the parts of the eggs that are raised by the hot glue. As I said earlier, for this we used metallic paint. Any paint would work though. It just depends on the look you want.
This final paint addition does take a fine touch, so small kids may have problems doing it. You can let them try, and if they get discouraged, just let them sponge over their mess. Then you can do it for them later. My 12 year old did her own accents. My 7 year old could not, and he was mad at the way it looked when he did it. So he sponge painted his eggs again, and I did the accents for him.
After the eggs have dried, you’ll want to spray them with a coat of acrylic sealer to keep the paint from chipping off. These little eggs are really for display, not play. The paint will come off if played with too much. If you want to be able to play with them, gently sand the surface before painting, and then spray them with a coating of Rust-Oleum spray primer before beginning.
Now that your dragon eggs are created, you can only sit and hope that they will someday hatch. You can pretend you live in Berk….
"This is Berk. A bit trampled, and busted, and covered in ice but it's home. It's our home. We may be small in numbers, but we stand for something bigger than anything the world can pin against us. We are the voice of peace, and bit by bit, we will change this world. You see, we have something they don't. Oh sure, they have armies, and they have armadas, but we, we have...DRAGONS!" ~Hiccup, How to Train Your Dragons 2